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I want something like this Vista gadget: TopProcess to put in my google desktop sidebar

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you want it for what OS? or are you looking for something that lives in your browser? -1 not enough information – Tanj Jul 29 '09 at 23:49 – Nifle Jul 30 '09 at 0:11
If you're willing to use a seperate program, Samurize has plugins that can achieve this, as well as mostly everything GDS can do, except search. – Phoshi Aug 29 '09 at 14:56
I wanted a gadget because I already use a few of them and have space left in my sidebar. – Nifle Aug 30 '09 at 17:45
I found a VMware CPU tracker, but I don't think that's what you want. – The Green Frog Aug 31 '09 at 19:02
up vote 4 down vote accepted

or this one : Resource hog tracker is what you are looking for.

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Um, so where is it? You just linked to the gadgets directory... – Sasha Chedygov Aug 30 '09 at 4:20
@musicfreak - the link resolves to for me – warren Aug 30 '09 at 4:25
I think he is referring to – nik Aug 30 '09 at 4:26
This is the best one so far. – Nifle Sep 1 '09 at 15:54
@Revolter, all the links you listed are dead. Refreshing them would be appreciated. – soandos Dec 22 '11 at 3:04

If you are really concerned about the memory utilization on your system,
you would not keep such gadgets active on your desktop in the first place.

This is what I would suggest for tracking process utilization,
All of these are listed on this light-weight CPU usage monitor question.

  1. TinyResMeter -- for light weight memory utilization tracking.
    Or, setup the Moo0 System Monitor.
    When you get concerned about the memory utilization shift to Process Explorer
  2. Process Explorer -- keep this handy,
    and start it when you need to identify who is taking up memory.

Its usually not a big guess as to who is using the top memory
if you have Firefox and some AV tools running.

When you do get troubled with some top-resource-user,
its usually more than processor and RAM utilization you want to analyze
(procexp.exe is quite good in such times)

Update: If you do want to implement a Gadget for this purpose,
The Sysinternals Suite has a tool called pslist
that can be used to get the top memory users like this (I am using this from a Cygwin shell),

 pslist -m | sort -n -k 4 | tail -3

That gave me an output like

pslist v1.28 - Sysinternals PsList
Copyright © 2000-2004 Mark Russinovich

svchost  1716  215996   32552   20276  166788   164579     74  145
explorer 2620  199768   53236   58272   69596  1034872     29  177
firefox  3408  225032  140324  126876  140164   161522     28   83

#header line patched in for reference
#Name     Pid      VM      WS    Priv Priv Pk   Faults   NonP Page
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I'm well aware of other third party products. I wanted a Google gadget, that's why I asked for one. – Nifle Aug 30 '09 at 17:42

I know that this is not for Google Desktop, but Windows Sidebar has a low memory usage CPU and RAM meter. Otherwise, use a small program, not a gadget, like Moo0 System Monitor.

Get Vista sidebar in XP (just some possibilities, they might or might not work): - this ones looks pretty good

Of course, should you not want to the vista sidebar (which is actually semi-cool)...

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I have winxp so no sidebar gadgets for me – Nifle Aug 30 '09 at 17:43
Actually, you can use the vista sidebar, see above – The Green Frog Aug 31 '09 at 18:48
I read some of the comments at softonic. It seems that there are problems adding new gadgets to it – Nifle Sep 1 '09 at 11:04
Did you try all my links? – The Green Frog Sep 1 '09 at 12:07
You could just try it and see if it works. – The Green Frog Sep 1 '09 at 12:07

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